Cycle the City

This exciting, self-guided, clockwise loop showcases the history, culture, and natural splendor of Burlington, VT—one of the loveliest cities in America, and the jewel of northern New England. This experience offers a relatively easy and enjoyable tour of the Queen City, one you won't soon forget!

Download the Cycle the City Guide

The loop will take you along spectacular Lake Champlain following the Island Line Trail commonly known as the Burlington Bike CTC_Logo_2013.jpgPath with sweeping vistas of the Adirondack Mountains. Heading west you ascend through a historic park and head into (or around via the paved route) the richly scenic Winooski River Valley and unpaved Intervale, a rich floodplain that is home to historic structures, wild animals and working farms.

The loop also passes through some of Burlington’s most architecturally interesting and beautiful areas such as the University of Vermont (UVM) and Champlain College neighborhoods. UVM is one of New England’s oldest colleges, and its landmark architecture reflects that long history. Cycle the City also takes you through many different residential neighborhoods, from the post-World War II suburban streets of the New North End, to the older housing in the Old North End and the stately 19th-century mansions in the Hill Section.

Cycle the City is part of the Lake Champlain Bikeways, 1,100-mile network.

Everything You Need to Get Cycling

There are a number of ways to experience the Cycle the City route before you even get on your bike.  For all the history buffs out there the ‘Full Guide’ has exciting details of the sights and histories of the various parts of the ride, for the tech savvy there is a simplified ‘Mobile Friendly Guide’ that you can have for easy reference on your smartphone while riding the route, there is a ‘One Page Map’ that you can print and put in your back pocket and finally there is a ‘Bonus Tracks Map and Guide’ for those who want to do a few extra miles and see more of the southern portion of the city.

Full Guide
One Page Map
Mobile Friendly Guide
Bonus Tracks Map & Guide


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  • commented 2016-05-25 12:31:19 -0400
    This is THE best bike route in Burlington. Whether you are a visitor or a long time VT resident, you will see some great sights and learn a lot about Burlingtons history. Might be biased though ;)
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